BRIO54 Starts Efficient Home Prototype


BRIO54, a design-driven development firm, recently began construction on a prototype of their H4 design in Milford, Connecticut.  The firm took the H4 through extensive planning and fine tuning in order to construct something with style and a light environmental footprint.  The 2,264 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home should be quite energy efficient.


BRIO54’s H4 prototype will be built with a tight envelope and R49 flooring, R26 walls, and R49 roofing.  The zebra finish shown is accomplished with alternating charcoal gray and arctic white Hardie Plank lap siding (which is a bold choice, indeed).

Other planned green elements include a forced air closed-loop geothermal system, HRV and HEPA filter, humidifier, solar hot water system, tankless water heating, Energy Star appliances, WaterSense plumbing fixtures, Anderson Smart Sun windows, no-VOC paints, cabinetry made with PureBond, and bamboo flooring.

BRIO54 is publishing behind the scenes video of the entire construction process on their site.  Should be fun to follow the progress.  The H4 prototype is being built at 162 Hillside Avenue in Milford, Connecticut.





Rendering credits: BRIO54.

  • Anonymous

    Good for them, actually building a prototype!

  • Elemental LED staff

    It seems like they could have just used shipping container sides (which seem to be quite the thing now, based on the number of Jetson Green posts about them!) for the walls and would have gotten that zebra effect without having to paint!

  • Anonymous

    Exposing the underside of the building to temperature variations, versus having it on the ground (insulated) seems like a wasteful solution.

  • William Heumann

    I like the upper floor layout and would love to see the views. The style is bold and I find the exterior decks appealing. Can’t wait to see the building take shape!

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